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India: More residents learning to grow their own food

“Every apartment has a different microclimate; within each apartment, each room may have a different microclimate.

By Anjana Vaswani and Vijayeta Basu
Mumbai Mirror
Sep 24, 2017

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The Ghias, the Mahimkars and the Kadams represent a new tribe: urban farmers who are using whatever space they have available to create pretty, leafy corners, that produce at least some of what their families consume. Preeti Patil who conducts ‘compost your kitchen waste’ workshops through her eight-year old company Urban Leaves, a collaboration of urban farming enthusi asts, confirms the rise of this new breed. “From only wanting to grow decorative flowering plants, people are now eager to learn how to grow their own produce to ensure they’re eating healthy, and there’s also a visible shift towards adopting sustainable living practices,” says Patil whose first project, a terrace farm at the Mumbai Port Trust has grown into a sprawling food forest in 17 years.

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Local NGO creates rooftop gardens in Palestinian camps

The rooftop of Jadal for Knowledge and Culture after transforming it into an experimental urban farm (Photo courtesy of Greening The Camps)

When they flee their countries, most refugees lose their connection with their land, and therefore with agricultural production, she explained, noting that Greening The Camps aims to reinstil the practices of growing and harvesting crops.

By Camille Dupire
The Jordan Times
Sept 21, 2017

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Deep-rooted and wide spreading vegetables like pumpkins, courgettes, carrots and rhubarb were planted in large wooden boxes placed on recycled palettes.

“Each box is provided with a self-constructed watering system that maintains efficient irrigation and limits the evaporation of water. This installation ensures easy harvesting and low space occupation as the soil-filled boxes are hung on the wall,” the trio explained on their website.

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Learn why these East Dallas community gardens have been thriving for nearly 30 years

Lon Sok works in the East Dallas Community and Market Garden. (David Woo/Staff Photographer)

“You can just come out here and share something with one another — there’s no transaction or anything,” Rosen says. “Community gardens make you feel like you’re a part of something bigger.”

By Alejandra Salazar
By Dallas News
Sept 22, 2017

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Tucked into Dallas’ rapidly growing urban infrastructure, the East Dallas and Live Oak community gardens are almost impossible to miss.

These are two of the city’s oldest, most productive community gardens, striking strips of green along Fitzhugh Avenue. They are thriving bastions of agriculture amidst brick, steel and concrete, between the apartment complexes and small businesses cropping up around them.

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